30 Nov '14, 11pm

Putrajaya claims reduced poverty but UN report shows more poor Malaysians - by Anisah Shukry (TMI)

by Anisah Shukry The Malaysian Insider 1 December 2014 Whether poverty has declined in Malaysia depends on how it is measured. An example is Putrajaya’s reliance on absolute poverty figures, which according to a United Nations report, results in data that does not reflect reality. The Malaysia Human Development Report 2013 commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) instead says poverty is better measured against what households earn in general, rather than by a fixed minimum level. The report measures relative poverty, which sets the threshold at half the national median income, and finds the number of Malaysians in this category has been rising since 2007, with one in five households considered relatively poor. Absolute poverty, on the other hand, is a measurement based on the declared poverty line. In Peninsular Malaysia, this is fixed at RM763, RM91...

Full article: http://blog.limkitsiang.com/2014/12/01/putrajaya-claims-r...

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